The Broncos have ended negotiations with free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after signing Aqib Talib.
They gave Talib a six-year, $57 million deal with an NFL cornerback record $25.5 million guaranteed, surpassing Brandon Carr's $25 million guarantee. Rodgers-Cromartie could shop his wares to the Patriots or Jets, who are both now corner needy. Despite a standout 2013 campaign, "DRC" has otherwise generated no free agent buzz since pondering retirement during Super Bowl week.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Darelle Revis "would love to be a Patriot."
The New York Daily News reported earlier in the day that Revis would "love" to be a Jet. Revis wants to get paid, and he wants to be able to pick his own team. Look for Revis to be released by the Bucs on Wednesday and quite possibly sign with the highest bidder. The Raiders have already dropped out of the running. After losing Aqib Talib, look for the Pats to pursue Revis hard.
Free agent DT Jason Hatcher will visit the Titans this week.
Hatcher also has a visit with the Seahawks lined up. It's unclear who's up first. The Titans are switching to a 3-4 defense under new DC Ray Horton. Hatcher didn't really break through until the Cowboys switched to a 4-3 scheme in 2013.
Free agent CB Tracy Porter is visiting the Giants.
Porter has been getting burned in coverage for years, but NFL teams still seem to see potential in him. He's 27 years old with experience covering the slot and playing outside. He'd enter a camp battle to start with the G-Men.
Chargers agreed to terms with RB Donald Brown, formerly of the Colts, on a three-year, $10.5 million contract.
The deal includes $4 million guaranteed. With the Chargers already having Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews, this one is a definite head scratcher. Mathews is coming off a breakout year, while Woodhead is due just $1.75 million after another strong season. It's worth noting that Bolts GM Tom Telesco is the Colts' former VP of football operations. He clearly has a soft spot for "Dammit Donald," who seemed like a lost cause until picking up the pieces for Trent Richardson last season. He'll likely serve as a deluxe Ronnie Brown, catching passes and picking up blitzes, though he's never been a terribly effective pass protector.
Free agent NT Al Woods will visit the Titans on Wednesday.
The 2010 fourth-rounder played 223 snaps last season. Woods could also play defensive end in DC Ray Horton's hybrid 3-4, though he's far more useful as a run stopper than pass rusher.
Broncos signed CB Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract with $26 million guaranteed.
Denver attacked its secondary on the first day of free agency, landing Talib and top strong safety T.J. Ward. Talib, 28, has gotten his act together off the field in recent seasons and when healthy is a top-five press-man corner in the game. Look for DC Jack Del Rio to utilize him in shadow coverage of opposing No. 1 receivers. The Broncos have drafted well under GM John Elway, have a lot of salary cap space to show for it with so many players on cheap rookie deals, and Peyton Manning has 1-2 years left. We can't blame them for going all in.
Updating an earlier item, the 49ers acquired OT Jonathan Martin for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.
The condition is that Martin must make the 49ers' 53-man roster. It means the Dolphins will receive no compensation if Martin doesn't make the team. Martin is the favorite for swing-tackle duties, but is far from a lock to earn a spot.